Portillo sits in a wonderland of knife-edged peaks and turquoise lakes, where Chile’s Andes Mountains climb 19,000 feet into the sky. Yet despite the stark vistas and the distance from civilization, this mountain outpost breathes elegance and polish, a living tribute to what skiing used to be. And, to the guests who return year after year, what it still is.
When the snow melts and the season ends, many of us trade boots and skis for clubs and balls, rediscovering a love for all things green on sun-drenched fairways that stretch on for miles. Mountain recreation enthusiasts have known for years about the great golf opportunities in the high country, with celebrity course designers and rethought layouts built into the sides of our favorite mountains, we could not help but join them. Here are our top-five public mountain golf courses.